Trucking accidents are common in Georgia. Many 18-wheelers travel across our highways. These types of accidents can be devastating. Due to the increased size and weight of big rig trucks, as well as the speeds at which they operate, injuries from a truck accident can be life-changing and often deadly.
More often than not, the injuries people sustain after being involved in a crash with a tractor trailer are hardly ever minor. Medical bills can begin to pile up right away. This is why it’s so important to hire an experienced attorney to handle your truck accident case. There is so much more at stake, and the trucking companies will do everything it takes to pay you as little money as possible for your injuries.
A majority of truck accidents are caused by driver error. According to a recent study released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers are 10 times more likely to be the cause of a trucking accident than any other reason, such as improper maintenance, weather, or driving conditions.
One of the biggest dangers truck drivers face is fatigue on the road. They are under pressure to ship products across the country as quickly as possible, and this can motivate a driver to get on the road even if he or she really isn’t in the greatest shape to drive.
Thanks to federal regulations, truck drivers are limited to how many consecutive hours and days they can drive. For example, truck drivers can only work 14 hours per day, with only 11 of those hours being actual driving on the road. Drivers must also be off duty for 10 consecutive hours prior to the start of their shift. They may not drive after being on duty for 60 hours for 7 days in a row, or 70 hours for 8 days in a row.
Despite these strict regulations, some drivers do get on the road when they are fatigued and overworked. After an accident, a good attorney will investigate the driver’s logs to make sure he or she was following federal regulations. This information could greatly help a personal injury claim against the truck driver.
Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure that they hire drivers who do not have substance abuse problems. They are required to perform extensive background checks on their drivers and also perform frequent drug tests.
We all know that a driver who is on the road while impaired is a huge danger to other motorists. This is even more true when that driver is operating an 18-wheeler. Being under the influence can cause slow reaction time, poor judgment, and inappropriate responses to what is going on around the truck. A truck driver under the influence of any illegal or even prescription substance can have deadly consequences.
Not every trucking company performs the necessary checks to make sure only the safest, most responsible drivers are on the road. A trucking company that doesn’t perform thorough screenings for their drivers is highly negligent in the event that one of these drivers causes a collision.
Driving a huge truck is a lot different than driving a smaller personal vehicle. Truck drivers are required to carry a commercial license and undergo proper training before they can be hired to drive huge loads across the country. Many accidents are caused by speeding. Truck drivers have a responsibility to take additional care while they’re on the highway around other cars, and require a great deal of training and experience to safely operate a tractor trailer.
If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of a negligent truck driver, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. It can be very difficult to deal with the trucking company’s insurance adjuster, and you will need an experienced Georgia trucking accident lawyer to handle this complicated claim.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.